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making news in america this morning -- >> missed opportunity. all eight of jerry sandusky's accusers have now told their story. and one follow witness tells the jury the abuse could have been stopped a decade ago. on the trail. president obama visits the big apple for some star-studded fund-raising, after going head-to-head with mitt romney in the battleground state of ohio. fiery rescue. the woman trapped inside her burning car and pulled to safety by a stranger. finally learns who it was that saved her life. and photo fallout. backlash for the military moms who took these controversial pictures to promote breast-feeding.
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good friday morning, everybody. the defense in the jerry sandusky trial gets its turn next week. jurors are getting a three-day weekend after sitting through eight witnesses, all whom described some pretty horrific abuses. >> and that testimony has been backed by some powerful eyewitness accounts. here's abc's jim avila. >> reporter: a final disturbing revelation. sandusky, prosecutors say, could have been stopped more than a decade ago. this 25-year-old man, who during his alleged encounter with the former football coach, remembers his mentor calling himself the tickle monster. it was deep inside the penn state showers. the boy, 13 then. sandusky, he says, bear hugging him. saying, i'm going to squeeze your guts out. the boy tells his mom immediately. and police set up a sting. sandusky and mom in one room. police listening in another. the officer tells the jury he heard sandusky say, i wish i
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could ask for forgiveness. i know i won't get it from you. i wish i were dead. police consider it a confession. and tell the district attorney, charges warranted. but nothing is filed. and according to prosecutors, six more boys are abused before sandusky is finally arrested in 2 2011. >> an opportunity that wasn't missed just by one person. it was missed by multiple people. >> reporter: the prosecution, all by resting its case. the final witness telling the jury, he was attacked in sandusky's basement and screamed. when asked to look at his attacker, he looked away. when told he could look at him, the 18-year-old said, i don't want to. sandusky's defense begins monday. jim avila, abc news, washington. >> should be fascinating what the defense can say after a week like that. also, a watershed moment in the presidential campaign. president obama and mitt romney squared off same place, same
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time. dueling speeches, on the future of the nation's economy. >> the candidates are doing all they can to boost their own bottom line. here's abc's tahman bradley. >> reporter: a glitzy night in manhattan for president obama and the first lady, raidsing enormous cash from entertainment and fashion elite. the main event, a star-studded $40,000-a person fund-raiser, at the home of "sex in the city" star, sarah jessica parker. >> how was obama? >> fine and fabulous. >> reporter: after dinner, the president and the first lady headed to the plaza hotel, where they raged more dough at an event featuring mariah carey. the event took in $4 million. mitt romney raised $3.5 million overnight. he and president obama faced off in ohio yesterday, in dueling speeches about the economy. >> i want more good jobs for the american people. >> this november, you can
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provide a mandate for the change we need right now. >> reporter: romney promised to cut taxes and spending. >> he has put together almost as much public debt as all the prior presidents combined. you want four more years of that? you call that forward? that's forward over a cliff. >> reporter: president obama laid out his goals for a second term and accused romney of not having any new ideas to fix the economy. >> if you want to give the policies of the last decade another try, then you should vote for mr. romney. >> reporter: the romney campaign is launching a bus tour today through several battleground states. paula and rob? >> all right. thanks, tahman, for that. to politics overseas now. and two very closely watched elections coming this weekend. in greece, parties opposed to the terms of that country's financial bailout could take control of the government. and that could mean that greece would leave the euro zone. and that could spread panic among financial markets. and they're also going to the polls in egypt, where the
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future of that fledgling democracy could be in doubt. that's because the nation's highest court voted to dissolve parliament. it puts more power in the hands of that country's ruling generals. now, the country must choose new lawmakers to begin writing a constitution. the deadly wildfire tearing through northern colorado is forcing more evacuations this morning. the flames have now spread across 80-square miles. so fierce, the governor has signed an executive order banning open burning and private fireworks. 1,200 firefighters are on the ground. but the fire is less than 20% contained. lightning has sparked a new fire in the middle of the state. 30 acres have been scorched in the town of lake george. and the manhunt for a new york trauma surgeon wanted for killing his ex-girlfriend has spread nationwide. police in buffalo say dr. timothy jorden may be armed and dangerous.
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jorden had a getaway car nearby. the auburn university community is still reeling from last weekend's fatal shootings there. hundreds of people attended a candlelight vigil on the campus last night for the three people killed. the result, all a fight over a girl. two of the victims were former auburn football players. that suspect in the case is now being held without bail. and his attorney wants the trial moved out of that area. and with that, let's take a look at your weather, as we start this weekend. severe storms from the dakotas to denver and goodland, kansas. warming up in the midwest, with rain around minneapolis, omaha, des moines and kansas city. scattered showers and thunderstorms from houston to miami. >> mostly 90s along the gulf coast. 70s in the northeast. and 80s in detroit to boise. also ahead on the show today, the staggering cost of being a parent. >> why are you looking at me? >> you got two. those smiles may be priceless. but everything else will cost you big-time. and the high-wire act
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preparing for tonight's breathtaking walk over niagara falls. we're right back.
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and welcome back, everybody. the nation's largest airlines are doing their best job ever at keeping to the schedule. in the first four months of this year, about 85% of flights were on time, believe it or not. they were helped by this year's better-than-usual weather. and the fact there are fewer flights these days. also, fewer mishandled bags are being reported. well, coca-cola is about to
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enter a brand-new market. the company will soon sell its products for myanmar, the country formerly known as burma, for the first time in 60 years, after the country began implementing political reforms. that means cuba and north korea are the only countries in the world where you cannot buy a coke. overseas markets are up on expectations that central banks will stimulate the global economy. tokyo's nikkei average edged up half a point today. hong kong's hang seng rose 358. but in london, the ftse opened lower. on wall street, the dow gained 156 points on thursday. the nasdaq index, it rose 18. and if you are still trying to figure out what to get dear, old dad for father's day, the trend in gifts this year is towards quality time. a little q.t., more than a tangible present. for the first time in nine years, the surveys by the retail industry, a special outing was listed as the top gift for dad this year, followed by a greeting card. >> getting that on my way home.
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excellent. and here's an extra reason to be grateful to dads. the government is out with a new estimate on what it costs to raise a kid these days. it now will cost the average middle-class family more than $234,000 to raise a child born today. 3% more than if the baby were born last year. housing, actually, is the biggest part of that cost. followed by child care and health care. and just further note, that figure does not include college. $250,000 before the kid goes to school. >> not to discourage any of you. but you can't put a price tag on a kid. >> you can put a little price tag on it. it is big money. when we come back this morning, new claims about lance armstrong. what a former teammate says he saw the champion biker do to get the winning edge. and a stranger who came to the rescue of a woman trapped inside her burning car. >> announcer: one fabric softener has that special snuggly softness your
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welcome back, everybody. we now have some damage estimates from that freak hailstorm in texas. hail the size of hockey pucks shattered windows and windshields. denting car hoods much punching holes through roofs. insurance companies figure there's at least $400 million in repairs. it was the worst hailstorm to hit north texas in nearly a decade. wow. now, for a look at morning road conditions on this friday. expect slick highways along much of the gulf coast. roads will be wet at times around kansas city, omaha, des moines and minneapolis. storms will make for a slippery ride in dakotas, denver and into kansas. >> if you're flying, there's delays in a couple of cities. denver and kansas city. lance armstrong is gearing up for his fight over the latest allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs. >> lawyers are demanding the drug tests, as well as names of
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witnesses be turned over to them with details on these accusations. here's abc's neal karlinsky. >> reporter: the allegations against lance armstrong paint a picture of a sophisticated cheating scheme that ran for years. the u.s. anti-doping agency claims in this letter sent to armstrong that he used blood transfusions and other performance boosters. but allegedly keeping his secret was no small task. a former teammate says they wans did so-called blood doping from the team bus, on the side of a mountain road, during the tour de france. >> it was a disguise as to what was going on. the team had become paranoid that the police was watching the hotel room. >> reporter: illegal doping is a sophisticated and expensive process, designed to boost red blood cells, getting more oxygen to the muscles, and turning a tired athlete into a fresh one while also boosting performance. the anti-doping agency claims armstrong used fear, intimidation and coercion in an attempt to force a code of
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silence. to that point, federal investigators reportedly seized upon this recorded phone conversation from 2004. >> so many people protect him that it's just sickening. you know? >> reporter: it was made by former tour winner, greg lemond, saying he was talking to armstrong's i eyewear liaison. armstrong denies all of it and claims a witch hunt by disgruntled rivals. he has until next week to answer the charges and do what he's always done so well, fight back. neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle. >> thanks, neal. well, a 17-year-old boy who never kayaked before in his life sprang into action when he heard people yelling there was a man in the chicago river. the teenager managed to pull the victim out of the river and hold his head above the water until help could arrive. he seems to have suffered a
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medical emergency before falling into the river. a texas woman rescued from the car crash knows the name of the stranger who risked his life to save hers. nancy dekker was trapped in her burning car, when it flipped over. a brave man sprang into action, smashing the window, pulling her to safety. and promptly leaving the scene. that hero was mitchell corbin, a national guardsmen. and dekker is extremely grateful. >> he's my guardian angel. he really is. >> i was just happy that everything turned out all right and everyone's safe. >> corbin has completed hours of emergency response training in the past, which certainly paid off in that situation. and time, now, for sports news this morning, including an exciting game two in the nba finals. with more, here's espn news with all the highlights. >> welcome to your "sportscenter" update. i'm jorge andres. let's play some hoops. game two of the nba finals. kevin durant and the thunder
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looking for an early 2-0 series lead. lebron james, wants to head back to south beach time. this shot clock winding down. d. wade with 2 of his 24 on the night. heat up nine. under two minutes to go. durant, no good. but westbrook on cleanup duty. he had 27 points on the night. and the thunder, they trail by three. 1:30 left in the contest. lebron, gets the jumper. 32 for him on the night. miami by five. under a minute left. bosh, playing his first game in over a month. he had a night. 16 points and 15 boards. miami by seven. ten seconds later, wade, losing the ball. james harden comes up with it. westbrook, finds durant. and a cross three. k.g. with 32. thunder down by just two. on the other end, lebron, no good from three.
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okc with the rebound. and they call a timeout with just over 12 seconds left. on the inbounds, durant. no good. the thunder, they can't get the rebound. and take another look. a lot of contact. no foul called. the heat hold on to win it, 100-96. the series, now tied at 1-1. remember, game three, coming your way on abc. that's sunday, 8:00 eastern time. thunder/heat, abc 8:00 eastern time, with the kia nba countdown at 7:30. >> going to be a good series. a member of the famous wallenda family of circus performers is making final preparations right now for a big stunt later tonight. nik wallenda will try to be the first person to cross niagara falls on a tight rope. he is the seventh generation of
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a family that traces its circus roots back 230 years. >> you can watch him cross the falls here on abc, at 8:00 eastern time. it will be the first time he's attempting this with a harness on. >> there's no chance of death, which is a good thing. you know. we hope he makes it. coming up next, "the pulse," this morning, the stories that people will be talking about. including madonna and the long list of demands she makes while on tour. wait until you hear how many people are in her entourage alone. and how the breast-feeding military moms who took these photos for a cause, are now paying a price. careful, pringles are bursting with more flavor. [ crunches ] mmm. [ explosion ] [ crunches ] [ explosion ] [ crunches ] [ explosion ] [ crunches ] [ explosion ] [ male announcer ] pringles... bursting with more flavor. buy 4 cans of pringles,
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it helps me get back in the game. but don't take his word for it. put bayer advanced aspirin to the test for yourself at time to check "the pulse" this morning, stories you'll be talking about today. also, we have some new fallout this morning over a controversial photo featuring some military moms. >> now, the woman who orchestrated this photo of breast-feeding soldiers has been fired from her civilian job as an x-ray tech. crystal scott is also a spokeswoman for a women's group. she lost her job over the controversy of the photo. >> and the moms in the picture were reprimanded by the military, for violating a rule for promoting a product or cause while in uniform. and things got pretty ugly
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between chris brown and rapper, drake, at a nightclub in new york. brown, his girlfriend and a bodyguard were hurt in a bottle-throwing brawl on the dance floor. witnesses say it may have started with words over brown's ex, rihanna. >> now, police are checking out surveillance videos to see what really happened. apparently, both of these guys dated rihanna in the past. maybe fighting over their ex still? >> women, women, women. getting rough out there. stay out of the news, chris, please. what does the material girl, the one and only madonna, demand while on tour? her latest tour, she is traveling with a 200-person entourage, including bodyguards, a few personal chefs, a yoga instructor, an ark puncturist, and a dry cleaner. >> madonna has her dressing room have 20 phone lines, and filled with lilies and roses, that are trimmed. where are the uh floors on set
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. next, breaking news. the car crash forcing an apartment complex evacuation. >> transbay turmoil. bart tests the tracks overnight. we'll have live team coverage after the big fire yesterday. >> meteorologist lisa argen with the weekend forecast. we are heating up again for hot and dry weather inland and high fire danger tonight. >> frances dinglasan willm the o denver, as well as the dakotas. and finally from us this morning -- i love this story. what would cause a father to give up his business and his home and then head out to follow his daughter's dream? >> parents love, for sure.
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abc's matt gutman has the story of one remarkable journey. >> reporter: lynn gengle has made this trip 28 times. 2 1/2 years ago, a devastating earthquake killed nearly 300,000 people. among those buried in the rubble, his 19-year-old daughter, brittany, who had been in haiti on a college trip visiting orphanages. he arrived a few days later. >> i want to see where my daughter was last. i want to look. i want to make sure. >> reporter: the last time len had heard from his daughter, just hours before her death, this text message. >> i want to move here and start an orphanage myself. that message, giving a father his mission. >> it's that sense of purpose that brit left us. how could you not, as a parent, honor that? >> reporter: len, a massachusetts home builder and
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his wife, cheryl ann, sold businesses, put their life on home to build that orphanage in their daughter's memory. he took us to the orphanage, which he hopes to complete by the end of the year. around here, they call him big boss len. you've been a accounter for 30 years. where does this rank in the construction? >> the greatest challenge in my home building career ever. >> reporter: he's one of the biggest employers in this part of haiti. hiring a crew of 75. helping to rebuild a country and himself. you knew that you were in for or orphanage. but suddenly, you realize you inherited this entire community. >> the people of haiti, they've given me as much as i've given them. that's how i see it. >> reporter: maybe that's how a father always feels. matt gutman, abc news, port-au-prince, haiti. >> happy father's day. that's w


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